THE EVERYDAY EASY CROCHET CARDIGAN – NEW FREE PATTERN for beginners

Looking for the pattern for your very first easy crochet cardigan? Here it is. The Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan. The pattern is perfect for beginners and it looks like a million. 

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You have just found the free pattern for what probably is the easiest crochet cardigan EVER! The pattern is for absolute beginners and it really is both easy and super fun to make. 

In the free crochet pattern below you’ll find video tutorials on how to make the stitches you need. The pattern only uses two of the most basic crochet stitches, called single crochet and double crochet. 

You’ll also find picture guides that will guide you through the entire pattern step by step.

Very soon you’ll be done with your very own Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan.

Now choose your favorite color yarn and let’s get the cardi-party going! Yay!

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Inspiration for The Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan

Don’t you just love cardigans? They never seem to be out of date or season. One of my favorites in my wardrobe is a cardigan. But unfortunately, it’s one I’ve bought, not one I’ve made myself. I feel so ashamed 😉

Since I’ve worn my cardigan so much it’s pretty worn out by now. So when I by chance stumbled upon the super gorgeous Hobbii Metallico I immediately imagined it to become my new favorite cardigan. The shine and softness of the yarn is amazing and I just couldn’t wait to get started.

Of course, I didn’t want to make a replica of my own cardigan. I couldn’t either since it’s knitted on a machine 😉 Instead, I wanted to make a really easy crochet cardigan pattern that even beginners could follow. One that you can wear with practically everything. It should only use the basic stitches and should not have any hard-to-follow instructions. 

And: IT SHOULD LOOK SUPER GOOD!

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The edges of the cardigan should also be both pretty and straightforward. No hard parts at all, please. A thing I also love about beginner crochet patterns is when there’s a minimum of assembling after you’re done crocheting the pieces for your garment. 

All of these thoughts combined turned into The Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan. It’s easy, straightforward and looks so good. 

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The Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan is so versatile you almost wouldn’t believe it. It’s so pretty with a cute dress, it’s trendy and cool with jeans and a tee, it’s cozy on a cold day. It’s great for any season. You name it, this cardigan has got it 😀

I’m pretty sure that I’m gonna end up having this cardigan in every color possible. What about you?

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Construction

The Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan is constructed in the easiest possible way and made for absolute beginners. Therefore there are no special stitches or hard-to-understand crochet terms and instructions. 

The cardigan is made from two front panels, one back panel and two sleeves. They are all worked in rows using a super simple 1 and 2-row repeat. 

You start by making the front panels and then the back panel. Then you make the sleeves. Remember the sleeves are designed to be short and not reach your wrist.

When you’re done crocheting all the parts you sew them together.

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What you need to know to make the Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan

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All you need to know to make The Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan is how to chain, single crochet and double crochet. If you don’t have a clue about what that means, don’t worry. Here are the links for two easy-to-follow video tutorials. They will teach you all you need to know:

How to chain and make a single crochet (UK double crochet) – watch the video tutorial on how to chain and single crochet

How to make a double crochet (UK treble crochet) – watch this video tutorial on how to double crochet

If you’re a complete beginner I recommend that you watch the video tutorials and test out the techniques before you start making The Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan. If needed pause the videos, reverse them and watch again. Do this as many times as needed until you feel familiar with the techniques.

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SKILL LEVEL

Beginner

TOOLS

Hook 4 mm
Darning needle
Scissors 
Stitch markers

YARN

Hobbii Metallico
Yardage: 50 grams = 115 meters (126 yds)
Color code: Powder (02)



The yarn is a polyamide, acrylic and wool blend. Even though it has a metallic effect it’s incredibly soft and smooth to work with. And the beautiful shine makes your work look so amazing. 

Materials:
S: 9 skeins
M: 9 skeins
L: 11 skeins
XL: 12 skeins
2XL: 13 skeins

The model in the picture is wearing a size medium.

ALTERNATIVES: Other Worsted / Aran / 10 ply / 4-weight yarn.

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GAUGE

(This is an expression of how tight your work is)
4” / 10cm square = 16 stitches wide x 9 rows tall in double crochet using hook size 4 mm

Always make a test before you begin. If the gauge does not match the specified crochet hook, try changing to a larger or smaller one so that you find the hook with which you can achieve the specified gauge.

SIZE GUIDE

These are the finished measurements of your garment, not your body measurements. Keep in mind that The Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan is an oversized garment. Also, remember that the sleeves 3/4 long and do not reach the wrist. 

Size S (M, L, XL, 2XL)

Sizes in inches:

Length – measured from neck to bottom: 
16 1/2 (17 1/4, 18 1/2, 19 3/4, 21)
Width – measured just below the sleeves: 
21 2/3 (22 1/2, 24 1/2, 26 1/2, 27 1/4)
Sleeve length – measured towards wrist: 
12 2/3 (13, 13 3/4, 14 1/2, 15 2/3)

Sizes in cm:
Length – measured from neck to bottom: 
42 (44, 47, 50, 54)
Width – measured just below the sleeves: 
55 (57, 62, 67, 73)
Sleeve length – measured towards wrist: 
32 (33, 35, 37, 39)

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PATTERN NOTES

Stitch counts for the different sizes are written in the order:

S (M, L, XL, 2XL)

At the end of each row you can see the total number of stitches for each size as follows:

E.g. for the sleeves:
[ 51 (52, 57, x, x) ]

Notes for the body panels: 

When you start in 3rd chain from the hook on row 1 these chains will count as 1 hdc.



When you start in 4th chain from the hook on row 3 these chains will count as 1 hdc.

Note that the ch 2 at the end of each row on both of the front – and back panels and the sleeves count as 1 dc on the next row.

Always read the pattern thoroughly. You will find an explanation of all abbreviations below, both US and UK terms. The pattern uses US terms.

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ABBREVIATIONS

st(s): stitch(es)
ch: chain
sc: single crochet (UK double crochet)
dc: double crochet (UK treble crochet)

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PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS FOR
THE EVERYDAY EASY CROCHET CARDIGAN

Body

The body consists of three parts: two front panels and a back panel.

Front panels

Make 2.

Use hook 4 mm. Worked in the rows.

Ch 67 (70, 75, 80, 86).

Row 1: Start in 3rd ch from the hook. Make 1 dc in each st across, ch 2, turn [ 66 (69, 74, 79, 85) ]

Row 2: Start in 4th ch from the hook. Make 1 dc in each st across, ch 2, turn [ 66 (69, 74, 80, 85) ]



Repeat row 2: 14(15, 17, 19, 21) times

You now have the following number of rows for the size:

S: 16
M: 17
L: 19
XL: 21
2XL: 23

Break yarn and weave in ends.



Back panel

Use hook 4 mm. Worked in the rows.

Ch 67 (70, 75, 80, 86).

Row 1: Start in 3rd ch from the hook. Make 1 dc in each st across, ch 2, turn [ 66 (69, 74, 79, 85) ]



Row 2: Start in 4th ch from the hook. Make 1 dc in each st across, ch 2, turn [ 66 (69, 74, 79, 85) ]

Repeat row 2: 47 (49, 54, 59, 64) times

You now have the following number of rows for the size:

S: 49
M: 51
L: 56
XL: 61
2XL: 66

Break yarn and weave in ends.


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Sleeves

Make 2.

Use hook 4 mm. Worked in the rows.

Ch 52 (53, 56, 59, 62).

Row 1: Start in 3rd ch from the hook. Make 1 dc in the next 46 (47, 49, 52, 54) sts. Make 1 sc in the last 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts, ch 1, turn. [ 51 (52, 55, 58, 61) ]

Row 2: Make 1 sc in the first 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts. Make 1 dc in the next 47 (48, 50, 53, 55) sts, ch 2, turn. [ 51 (52, 55, 58, 61) ]

Row 3: Start in 4th ch from the hook. Make 1 dc in the next 46 (47, 49, 52, 54) sts. Make 1 sc in the last 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts, ch 1, turn. [ 51 (52, 55, 58, 61) ]



Repeat row 2 and 3: 32(32, 36, 38, 40) times.

Repeat row 2 once more.

You now have the following number of rows for the size:

S: 36
M: 36
L: 40
XL: 42
2XL: 44

Break yarn and leave a tail, approx. 59’’ / 150 cm, for attaching the sleeve to the body of the cardigan. 


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Assembly 

Now it’s time to assemble your cardigan together. Remember there are no right or wrong sides to any of the pieces you have made. That makes it so much easier 😀

Start with the body panels. 

Before you sew, lay the front panels on top of the back panel on a flat surface.

Thread a darning needle with a leftover piece of yarn, approx. 24’’ / 60 cm.

Whip stitch shoulder seams together.



Now it’s time to attach the sleeves.

Find the middle of your sleeves and mark it with a stitch marker. Make sure that the middle of the sleeves are exactly where the shoulders are sewn together.

Thread a darning needle with the tail of yarn you left on both sleeves.

Whip stitch the sleeves on.



Now fold your cardigan. Thread a darning needle with a piece of yarn, approx. 79’’ / 200 cm.

Whip stitch the sleeves and the body panels together.



And now you’re all now done with your Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan! Well done!

Did you enjoy making it? Let me know how it went, what color you chose and so on in the comments field below 😊

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